Jamestown Public Schools
[Jamestown, NY] – Jefferson Middle School fifth graders in Gina Hess’ class raised $725 for the Mental Health Association (MHA) at The Gateway Center in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.
Students sold green slime and squishies after school hours. In addition, students held a Walk-a-Thon at Strider Field to raise money. Students also created posters promoting Mental Health Awareness and provided wellness tips during the morning announcements.
“We are appreciative of the hard work and dedication it took to put this together,” said Ken Yergens from the Mental Health Association at The Gateway Center. “We are also appreciative of the efforts to educate our young people as to the consequences of addiction and mental health related problems. This clears up some of the myths and cultivates a greater level of understanding.”
The students understand the importance of giving back to their community. “It’s nice that our little classroom community can help a community organization, such as MHA,” said Mrs. Hess. “Students better understand the differences and struggles of others. I am extremely proud to be part of a culture that strives to be compassionate and understanding.”
“It is important to help people with invisible illnesses,” said Jefferson fifth grader Cayden Thorn. “It is important for us to do it because we need to give people a way that they can help themselves get through tough times. This helped me become a better person.”